Written on 17.04.24 by Sven Bugiel

The grades are now in LSF. We also made the individual points for the presentation and report visible in CMS. Please note that the grades in LSF contain a deduction when the submission of questions was missed.

If you have questions, please send an email to both Giancarlo and Sven.

Clarification about the final pitch event

Written on 19.03.24 by Giancarlo Pellegrino

Dear students, all students and teams are expected to participate to the entire event and join the QA session.


Final Pitch Event program is online

Written on 18.03.24 by Giancarlo Pellegrino

The program for the final pitch event is online: 

See you on Friday.


Registration for the Community Event

Written on 01.03.24 by Giancarlo Pellegrino

Dear students, you are kindly invited to attend the Community Event on March 15. Please use this link to register:


Feedback is now visible

Written on 01.03.24 by Giancarlo Pellegrino

Dear students, the feedback on the pitch recordings is now visible. The feedback has two parts: a summary and detailed feedback. Read the feedback, update your pitch accordingly for the final presentation.


Save the date for the Community Event, March 15.

Written on 05.02.24 by Giancarlo Pellegrino

The 7th community event (CEE7) will take place on March 15, 18:00-23:00 at Die Wand, Paul-Marien-Strasse 11, 66111 Saarbruecken.

We will share more soon.


Today's lecture in room 0.02

Written on 15.01.24 by Sven Bugiel

Please note that today's lecture takes place in room 0.02 at CISPA (the room right opposite the lecture hall).

Time update for Jan 15 presentation

Written on 12.01.24 by Giancarlo Pellegrino

Dear student,

Please note that the presentation on Jan 15 will start at 15:15, not at 14:15. We'll meet in the lecture hall in the CISPA building on campus (C0, 0.05). 

Registration in LSF

Written on 06.11.23 by Sven Bugiel

Dear all, the study coordination informed us that the registration in LSF should be open from today. Registration is required until Nov 20! If you intend to pitch and earn the CP, please register in LSF!

Discord server created

Written on 31.10.23 by Giancarlo Pellegrino

Dear students,
The link to the discord server is available in the material section.


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This lecture series gives comprehensive insights and hands-on experience into the founders' activities in the vicinity of cybersecurity and the entrepreneurial world. 

This lecture series covers talks by international and successful founders, sharing their journey as entrepreneurs and founders with you, including their take and the lessons learned. At the same time, this lecture series features guest lecturers, each covering a different aspect of the entrepreneurial world, such as venture capitalists, communication and marketing experts, and consultants for entrepreneurs.

Finally, this lecture series entails developing and presenting concrete, marketable, and innovative ideas, where students, organized in teams, identify a new product idea, do the necessary background research, and pitch it to an audience.

Please note that while this lecture is aimed at the Entrepreneurial Cybersecurity Masters Program students for grading and achieving the credit points, we invite everyone interested to attend the talks even when not participating to get credit points!

Schedule of the Presentations

This lecture usually takes place every Monday from 14:15 to 16:00 in CISPA C0, 0.05. However, there will be a few exceptions for date and location. Please check the highlighted exceptions below.

Date Time Presenter Room URL / Topic
Oct 30 14:15 – 16:00 Sven Bugiel and Giancarlo Pellegrino C0, 0.05
  • Introduction and kick-off meeting
  • Presentation of the tech transfer team
Nov 6 14:15 – 16:00

Beth Susanne

C0, 0.05
Nov 13 14:15 – 16:00

Lukas Bieringer (QuantPI)

C0, 0.07
Nov 20 16:15 – 18:00 Jun.-Prof. Dr. Benedikt Schnellbächer C0, 0.05
Nov 27       None
Dec 4 14:15 – 16:00

Dr. Peter Manfred Memminger

C0, 0.05
Dec 11 14:15 – 16:00

Bernd Pohl 

C0, 0.05
Dec 18 14:15 – 16:00

Felix Magedanz (Hanko)

C0, 0.05
🎅 No presentations between Dec 25 and Jan 1 🎅
Jan 8 18:15 – 20:00 Brian Silverstein (MirrorTab) Zoom
Jan 15 15:15 – 17:00

Pedram Amini (InQuest)

C0, 0.02
Jan 22 14:15 – 16:00 Juergen Philippi (CISPA) C0, 0.05
  • Topic: Importance of looking at the problem, not the solution
Jan 29 14:15 – 16:00

Ingrida Krivickaite

C0, 0.05
Feb 5 14:15 - 16:00 Prof. Dr. Sandro Etalle (SecurityMatters) C0, 0.05


Lecture Organization


1. Weekly presentations and Q&A

Roughly every week will be a presentation either by a founder, a venture capitalist, or experts, e.g., in the area of marketing, business, or customer acquisition. A Q&A follows each talk with the presenter. 

Students task (mandatory for CP): In preparation for the Q&A session, every student has to prepare by checking the startup and supplemental material (URLs are in the schedule) and submit via the CMS 2-3 questions they would ask in the Q&A. Questions could be related to the niche in the market that the company occupies, the target group they aim at, pitfalls and challenges, etc.


2. Development of a Project Idea

Each team/student will develop a project idea or new product.

Ideas/products can be entrepreneurial ideas you plan to pursue or potential/hypothetical (yet based on actual research, more below). ECS students are strongly encouraged to present the project idea they plan to develop or use this lecture series to create one. 

When developing the project idea, we expect each team/student to:

  • Define the problem and new idea/product intends to solve, e.g., who will use the proposed idea and for doing what? Is there a market already? Who are the competitors? Will the new idea create a new market?
  • Identify the unique selling point of the proposed solution
  • Cover similar ideas and elaborate on how the new idea differentiates from previous solutions
  • Prepare a plan covering requirements analysis, funding, and team description, e.g., what are the technical requirements to realize the idea? How does the team plan to fulfill those requirements? What skills are necessary, and how does the current team fit the project and cover necessary/required skills?

Developing the idea requires extensive research. Students must document their effort and report them in a final report and prepare a pitch of their ideas (a short presentation).

Students task (mandatory for CP): Each team must submit the following artifacts

  1. (mid-term requirement) A link to a video recording of the first pitch draft
  2. (mid-term requirement) Comments to other teams' pitch draft
  3. (end-term requirement) The slide deck PDF file of the final version of the pitch, integrating comments and feedback
  4. (end-term requirement) The final report PDF file


3. Final Joint Event

At the end of the semester, we will have a joint 1-day event where every student/team delivers the pitch of their ideas in front of an audience. 

To this end, the CISPA faculty will provide a short list of recent research results with potential for tech transfer into a product, and students/teams should derive their product idea and pitch from this list. This list avoids the need to reveal any real business idea that students already have in mind. At the same time, this day also provides an opportunity to exchange ideas and thoughts with the CISPA faculty.

To prepare for this event, in the introduction, you'll get to know

  • General guidelines for entrepreneurial pitches
  • A typical pitch structure
  • How to motivate your topic

Students' task (mandatory for CP): Each team must participate and deliver the final version of the pitch in front of a jury. 


Requirements and Grading

The following only applies to participants that want to get CP.

See this page.

Important dates

  • Kickoff: Oct 30, 14:15, CISPA C0, 0.05
  • Mid-term requirements deadlines:
    • Submit link of video recording: 19.01.24
    • Submit comments of teams' video recording: 05.02.24
  • End-term requirements deadlines:
    • Submit PDF slide deck: TBD 
    • Submit PDF report: TBD
    • Participate to the final event and deliver the pitch


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